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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
December 6 & 7, Friday & Saturday
FAMILY HOLIDAY CONCERTS
Charlottesville Symphony.
The Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia and the UVA University Singers join forces to present their annual Family Holiday Concerts. Performances will be held at Old Cabell Hall on the Grounds of the University of Virginia. Recommended for ages 6-plus. Old Cabell Hall at UVA.  8pm Friday, 3:30pm Saturday.  All ages welcome.  Email: orchestra@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3376. 
 
December 7, Saturday
VIRGINIA GLEE CLUB'S 79TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Virginia Glee Club/McIntire Department of Music.
The UVA Glee Club performs seasonal favorites with plenty of audience participation and entertainment for the entire family. Old Cabell Hall.  8pm.  Email: tickets@email.virginia.edu. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 7 & 8, Saturday & Sunday
JEFFERSON CHORAL SOCIETY PRESENTS: A MAGNIFICENT SEASON
Jefferson Choral Society.
Enjoy a concert of classical, traditional and popular Christmas music performed by a choir of over 100 singers, accompanied by a chamber orchestra. Heritage United Methodist Church.  Directions: Lynchburg.  7:30pm Saturday, 4pm Sunday.  $20 adult, $10 students, free under 12.  All ages welcome.  Email: jeffersonchoral@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-528-5700. 
 
December 10, Tuesday
MESSIAH SING-IN
University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music.
The UVA Messiah Sing-In remains a simple and joyous event, relying on the University and Charlottesville community to come together to sing and perform one of the greatest oratorios ever written. Participants for the Sing-In sit in sections arranged according to vocal part (soprano, alto, tenor, bass), and the orchestra sits on stage. Non-singers are encouraged to listen from the Loge and Balcony. Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia.  8pm.  $5 students, $10 general.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3052. 
 
December 15, Sunday
A BLUE RIDGE CHRISTMAS WITH THE VIRGINIA CONSORT
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
From classic Christmas tunes to magnificent classical masterpieces, this concert will surely lift your spirits and get you ready for the Holiday season. Rockfish Presbyterian Church, Nellysford.  4pm.  $35.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-8292. 
 
December 15, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND 97TH SEASON HOLIDAY CONCERT
The Municipal Band of Charlottesville.
It's not Christmas in Charlottesville until the Municipal Band plays seasonal and traditional music at its annual holiday concert. Please bring a canned good to donate to the Emergency Food Bank. Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center at CHS.  Directions: 1400 Melbourne Ave.  3:30-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: municipalband@embarqmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-9850. 
 
December 21, Saturday
THE ORATORIO SOCIETY OF VIRGINIA PRESENTS: CHRISTMAS AT THE PARAMOUNT
The Paramount Theater.
An evening of traditional Christmas and holiday favorites featuring Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Finzi's In Terra Pax. The Paramount Theater.  2:30pm & 7:30pm.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
December 13, Friday
14TH ANNUAL LET THERE BE LIGHT: AN OUTDOOR ART EXHIBIT
Piedmont Virginia Community College.
An evening of light-centered art and performances illuminating the outdoors for one night only. The exhibition celebrates the approach of winter solstice and the longest night of the year. Rain date December 14. Piedmont Virginia Community College.  Directions: Exhibit located on the grounds outside the V. Earl Dickinson Building.  6-9pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: boxoffice@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-961-5362. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
April 14-November 24, Weekend Afternoons
BARN AND FARM HISTORY DAYS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area. This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. Enjoy the displays including an observing beehive and farm equipment. Open every weekend afternoon until Thanksgiving. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  2-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
Mid August-November
CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD PICK-YOUR-OWN APPLES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own apples from mid-August to late November and look for hayrides and pumpkins in the fall, and enjoy baked goods, jams and hot apple cider donuts-a mouth-watering local tradition-year-round. This is also a great place to bring visitors, since the panoramic view of Charlottesville and the Blue Ridge Mountains is fantastic. Carter Mountain Orchard.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
November 30, Saturday
COOKIE DECORATING WITH THE ELVES
Saunders Brothers Market.
Kids (and the kids at heart), decorate sugar cookies with the Elves of Saunders Brothers Farm Market. Cookies will be pre-baked from local bakery, The Wooden Spoon. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration deadline is November 22. All supplies are included in the fee. Saunders Brothers Market.  1-2:30pm.  $18/per dozen cookies.  Email: mjohnson@saundersbrothers.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5455. 
 
December 7 & 14
HOLIDAY ON THE HILL
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Celebrate the holiday season on the Mountain with some kid- and family-friendly crafts and decorating activities, with samples galore, great sales and Christmas music to get your spirits in high gear. Enjoy the Gingerbread House Workshop and decorate the pre-assembled gingerbread house! Workshop times are 12pm, 1pm and 3pm. Registration recommended. Carter Mountain Orchard.  10am-5mpm.  $Free admission and parking, some fee-based activities.  Email: Info@CarterMountainOrchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
November 29-December 18
SAUNDERS BROTHERS CHOOSE & CUT TREE FARM
Saunders Brothers Farm Market.
Choose from many varieties including Canaan fir, white pine, Scotch pine and Blue Spruce. Enjoy cookie decorating with the elves on November 30, plus other events and activities through December 18. Saunders Brothers Farm Market.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5455. 
 
April 13-December 22, Saturday-Sunday
PANCAKE BREAKFASTS
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Come start the day off right. Enjoy our delicious breakfast of all-you-can-eat pancakes with our fresh fruit topping served with a side of sausage and OJ/milk/coffee. Eat until you're full, then stroll the farm market for delicious fruit and unique and local gift items. Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet.  Saturday 9-11am; Sunday 10am-12pm.  $8.99 for ages 12+, $5.99 for kids 12 and under.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit--these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
November 30-December 1, Saturday-Sunday
DECK THE HALLS HOLIDAY FAIR
Early Mountain Vineyards.
Local makers and artisans present their crafts, and Early Mountain offers a wide array of food and wine. Holiday fun for the whole family. Early Mountain Vineyards .  Directions: Madison.  12-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005. 
 
December 6, Friday
CHARLOTTESVILLE'S GRAND ILLUMINATION!
City of Charlottesville/ UVA Community Credit Union.
This popular holiday event is free for all ages to enjoy and features live music, fun games and activities, kids' crafts, food and beverages, and over 20,000 LED bulbs illuminating the holiday tree at City Hall Plaza! CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! Sprint Pavilion.  4:30-9:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: ricej@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-409-8226. 
 
December 7, Saturday
CROZET WINTER BREWS FESTIVAL
Claudius Crozet Park.
Enjoy the return of the Crozet Winter Brews Festival, a celebration of dark beers from 15+ local breweries and cideries, great music, a Winter Market, food trucks and family-friendly activities. All proceeds will benefit Claudius Crozet Park, a non-profit organization dedicated to making recreation available to all. Park Festival Grounds, Claudius Crozet Park.  11am-5pm.  $30, $10/designated driver.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 7 & 8, Saturday
ENCHANTED EXTRAVAGANZA IV
The Market at Grelen.
Enjoy a day full of holiday cheer. Experience festive fare, gifts prepared by local vendors, music, fresh Christmas trees and greens, wreath workshops and more. Visit with Santa for free from 11am-2pm. The Market at Grelen, Somerset.  Directions: 15901 Yager Rd.  9am-4pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
December 6-20, Saturdays
CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND
Creative Works Farm.
Join us for music performances, a walk through light display, music light show, cookies and hot chocolate, decorating gingerbread cookies, making Christmas ornaments and more. You can also see animals at the barn, enjoy a hayride and visit with Santa. All proceeds benefit Camp LIGHT, a summer camp for kids with special needs and at-risk youth. Creative Works Farm.  5-9pm.  $10, Kids 2 and under are free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 22, 2019-January 6, 2020
DOMINION GARDENFEST OF LIGHTS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Come out to this holiday tradition featuring more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday activities and more. Closed Thanksgiving & December 24 & 25. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-10pm.  $13 for adults, $11 seniors, $8 ages 3-12.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year--fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
 History ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
December 7, Saturday
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT MONTPELIER
James Madison's Montpelier.
Tour the Madisons' home, decorated according to 19th-century customs, and visit with the Madisons. At the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, enjoy visits with Santa, hands-on history activities, and delicious food. James Madison's Montpelier.  9am-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x450. 
 
December 3 - January 3
HIGHLAND FOR THE HOLIDAYS
James Monroe's Highland.
Visitors will find the entire house beautifully decorated for the holidays. Discover the magic of James Monroe's historical property during the holiday season. James Monroe's Highland.  11am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Every Month, Third Saturday
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions will love an adventure in the Griffin Discovery Room for story time, crafts, and special activities - the perfect introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson! Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
 Markets & BazaarsGo to top of List
 
November 23-24, Saturday & Sunday
2019 MISTLETOE MARKET
Junior League of Charlottesville.
The Junior League of Charlottesville's annual Mistletoe Market features amazing artisans, craft makers and vendors from Charlottesville and surrounding areas. You will find everything from stunning jewelry, mouthwatering pies and candies, men's and women's clothing and accessories, personalized home decor, holiday decorations, to pottery and photography. Fashion Square Mall.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-570-9258. 
 
November 29 & 30, Friday & Saturday
POINSETTIA OPEN HOUSE
Milmont Greenhouse.
This annual holiday festival offers up homemade donuts and coffee, door prizes and over 30 varieties of poinsettias to get you feeling festive. Vendors will sell food, gifts and arts and crafts. Milmont Greenhouse, Waynesboro.  $No cover.  All ages welcome.  Email: milmont@milmont.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-8408. 
 
December 7, Saturday
RIVANNA GARDEN CLUB CHRISTMAS MARKET
Rivanna Garden Club.
You will find beautiful one of a kind wreaths, a variety of fresh greens, delicious food (sweets, casseroles and other homemade goodies), a large selection of crafts and other fabulous items. This fundraiser allows the club to support a variety of nonprofit organizations through the club's grants program. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Ivy.  Directions: 851 Owensville Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901.  9:30am-12:30pm.  Contact: Michelle Jennings .  Email: michellewjennings@gmail.com . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-7143. 
 
December 7, Saturday
SANTA PAWS & HOLIDAY BAZAAR
Castle Hill Cider.
Family and pet-friendly event with pet photos, animal-related vendors (and other craft and holiday items), food trucks, raffles, and Castle Hill cider. Rain or shine, indoor/outdoor. Castle Hill Cider.  10am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-738-2228. 
 
December 8 & 15, Sundays
HOLIDAY SHOPPING DAYS AT HORTON
Horton Vineyards.
Local vendors will fill the tasting room. There will be all kinds of gifts for every size, shape and age person. Each of the vendors will have items that will be priced at $5 or less, so that children can also do their holiday shopping. Horton Vineyards, Gordonsville.  12-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-7440. 
 
November 16-January 5, 2020, select dates
CHRISTMAS TOWN
Busch Gardens.
Travel to Christmas Town, with its blanket of over 10 million glittering lights, breathtaking shows and traditional Christmas culinary delights. Experience Christmas traditions from around the world. Visit Santa Claus at his North Pole workshop and sip some hot chocolate. Check website for times. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 757-229-4386. 
 
 MoviesGo to top of List
 
November 23, Saturday
PARAMOUNT AT THE MOVIES PRESENTS: THE LAST WALTZ
The Paramount Theater.
On Thanksgiving Day, 1976, The Band gave its farewell concert at Winterland in San Francisco. On hand to help say goodbye to this influential rock group were some of the most acclaimed musicians of the late 1960s and 70s. This film is not only a vibrant documentary of that historic evening, but also a commentary on the rock world at the time. Rated PG. The Paramount Theater.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
December 3, Tuesday
HOT COCOA PJ PARTY
Crozet Library.
Make your hot cocoa as simple or ridiculously overloaded with extras as you like it, then relax in pajamas before exams with a movie voted on by our Teen Advisory Board. Movie will be rated PG or PG-13. Grades 6-12. Requested registration begins November 12. Crozet Library.  6-8pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
December 6 & 7, Friday & Saturday
PICTURE BOOK FILM FEST
Crozet Library.
Bring a blanket and pillow if you'd like to cozy up and watch a few of your favorite stories on the big screen. Drop-ins are welcome. Requested registration begins November 18. Crozet Library.  10:30-11am.  Recommended for ages 2 to 6.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
December 8, Sunday
PARAMOUNT AT THE MOVIES PRESENTS: ELF
The Paramount Theater.
You don't want to miss the big screen showing of this seasonal comedy classic. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! The Paramount Theater.  1pm & 6pm.  $5 Youth, $7 Adult.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
December 22, Sunday
PARAMOUNT AT THE MOVIES PRESENTS: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
The Paramount Theater.
Return to Bedford Falls and relive the magic and wonder of director Frank Capras heartwarming and enchanting holiday tale, It's a Wonderful Life, as it plays on the big screen this holiday season. The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $5 Youth, $7 Adult.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
 MuseumsGo to top of List
 
November 22-January 5
MAYMONT MANSION HOLIDAY TOURS
Maymont.
Lavish decorations and old-timey activities bring a Victorian Christmas to life. Take a guided tour to observe the mansion up-close in all its splendor. Closed Mondays, as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Day. Maymont Mansion, Richmond.  12-5pm, with tours available every half-hour (last tour at 4:30).  $8 adults, $6 children.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@maymont.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
August 9, 2019-January 5, 2020
TIME TO GET READY: FOTOGRAFIA SOCIAL
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Time to Get Ready: Fotografia Social features photographs taken from 1966 to the 1980s by Maria Varela (b.1940) in numerous locations throughout the Deep South, Washington D.C. and New Mexico. Raised Catholic by her Mexican father and Irish mother, Varela first got involved in the Catholic social justice movement by joining the Young Christian Students. The Fralin Museum of Art.  $Free.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-906-1022. 
 
Every Friday
ART EXPEDITIONS
Amazement Square.
Take a journey in Art Expeditions to learn about types of art and try your hand at different techniques. Amazement Square .  Directions: Lynchburg.  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-845-1888. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
Third Fridays
SCIENCE AFTER DARK
Science Museum of Virginia.
Each month offers a quirky and unique theme. Spend a night exploring the exhibits, with custom, all-live astronomy presentations at 6:30pm and 7:15pm in The Dome and a classic movie at 8pm on the largest screen in the state. Science After Dark features hands-on activities and stargazing on the front lawn with the Richmond Astronomical Society. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  5pm.  $10 general public.  Email: info@smv.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Wednesdays
WEGMAN'S PAY WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY
Virginia Discovery Museum / Wegmans.
Admission to the museum is by donation today. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  10am-5pm.  Email: gallerymanager@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
 Nature & Park ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
September 3 & 10, October 1 & 8, November 6 & December 3
SEASONAL GARDEN WALKS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
Enhance your understanding and appreciation of the Garden with one of these specialized walks featuring seasonal aspects of the collection, offered monthly except January, July, and August. Come dressed for the weather and walking in the Garden. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  10-11am.  $17/non-members, Free for members.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
December 5, Thursday
WILDROCK NATURE FRIENDS: WINTER WARRENS
Gordon Avenue Library.
Learn about the different ways that animals prepare their homes and dens for winter. Preschool-age children will get a chance to create cozy homes in a sensory bin, learn about how creatures find things to construct homes, and go on a pretend woods adventure. For ages 2-5 years. Required registration begins on November 21. Gordon Avenue Library.  10:30-11:30am.  Recommended for ages 2 to 5.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
December 7, Saturday
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT MONTPELIER
James Madison's Montpelier.
Tour the Madisons' home, decorated according to 19th-century customs, and visit with the Madisons. At the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, enjoy visits with Santa, hands-on history activities, and delicious food. James Madison's Montpelier.  9am-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x450. 
 
First Saturdays
BLUE RIDGE YOUNG BIRDERS MONTHLY MEETING
Blue Ridge Young Birders Club.
Does your child have an interest in nature or a passion for birds? Come see two club members discuss birding the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The meeting is preceded by a 7:30am bird walk that is fun and informative. The event is open to kids 7-18 and their parents. Education Building of Ivy Creek Foundation.  9:30am, 7:30am bird walk.  $free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 18.  Contact: Mary Mapel.  Email: info@blueridgeyoungbirders.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-363-5035. 
 
February 1, Friday
FIRST FRIDAYS UNDER THE STARS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Learn about the stars and other celestial objects. Start with a short talk in the education building then after the skies darken, volunteers help point out constellations and nebula. Use the Charlottesville Astronomical Society's telescope or bring your own. Cloudy skies cancel the outdoor portion. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:45-9pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: director@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
Second Mondays & Final Thursdays
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your 3 to 5 year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Trained guides will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  10-11am.  $Free.  Contact: Jill Watt.  Email: jillheffwatt@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 717-850-1461. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
First and Third Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE MCCORMICK OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
View celestial objects through the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor and other smaller telescopes year-round, weather permitting. Tour the Observatory, hear a presentation by an astronomer and see the exhibits. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm mid March-early November, 7-9pm early November to mid March.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-1885. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
First Saturday Monthly
FIRST SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come for an early morning bird walk with Amy Neale of the Monticello Bird Club. Beginners always are welcome, and binoculars are available to share. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area to participate. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  7:30-9am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
 PerformancesGo to top of List
 
November 15-16 & 22-23
ANNIE KIDS
Belmont Arts Collaborative / DMR Adventures.
DMR Adventures is proud to present the culmination of the Fall Kids Broadway Adventure program. Annie KIDS is based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie KIDS features everyones favorite orphan in her very first adventure. Belmont Arts Collaborative.  Directions: 221 Carlton Road.  Varies.  Email: info@belmontarts.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 21-24
ALBEMARLE HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA DEPARTMENT PRESENTS: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
Albemarle County Public Schools.
Peter and the Starcatcher provides a humorous and fantastical backstory for the beloved character of Peter Pan and his arch-nemesis Captain Hook. Albemarle High School.  $5 children; $10 adults.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-975-9300. 
 
December 2, Monday
ELF THE MUSICAL JR.
The Wayne Theatre.
This musical is performed by students whove taken part in an 8 week workshop. There is value in children watching children perform. A title known the world over, Elf The Musical Jr. is a must-produce holiday musical that can easily become an annual tradition. The Wayne Theatre.  Directions: Waynesboro.  10am.  Recommended for ages 5 to 10.  Email: info@waynetheatre.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
December 6, Friday
CHARLOTTESVILLE'S GRAND ILLUMINATION!
City of Charlottesville/ UVA Community Credit Union.
This popular holiday event is free for all ages to enjoy and features live music, fun games and activities, kids' crafts, food and beverages, and over 20,000 LED bulbs illuminating the holiday tree at City Hall Plaza! CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! Sprint Pavilion.  4:30-9:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: ricej@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-409-8226. 
 
December 6 & 7, Friday & Saturday
FAMILY HOLIDAY CONCERTS
Charlottesville Symphony.
The Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia and the UVA University Singers join forces to present their annual Family Holiday Concerts. Performances will be held at Old Cabell Hall on the Grounds of the University of Virginia. Recommended for ages 6-plus. Old Cabell Hall at UVA.  8pm Friday, 3:30pm Saturday.  All ages welcome.  Email: orchestra@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3376. 
 
December 7, Saturday
MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT BY VALLEY DANCE THEATRE
The Wayne Theatre.
Get your whole family into that holly, jolly mood with this Staunton-based dance group's traditional holiday show. The Wayne Theatre.  Directions: Waynesboro.  2pm & 5:30pm.  $18 Adults, $12 Students.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
December 10, Tuesday
JOLLY OLD SAINT NICHOLAS
Virginia Repertory Theatre.
Jolly Old Saint Nicholas is an original holiday tale. Tuck and his father prepare for Christmas as Mr. Grumpasaurus strives to thwart all Christmas merriment. However, with the help of Santa and his elves, Christmas turns out to be the best yet, even for Mr. Grumpasaurus. The Wayne Theatre.  Directions: Waynesboro.  9:30am & 12:30pm.  Recommended for ages 5 to 10.  Email: info@waynetheatre.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
December 7-8, 12-13 & 14
INTO THE WOODS JR.
Belmont Arts Collaborative.
Be careful what you wish for as Stephen Sondheim's and James Lapine's cockeyed fairytale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical. Into the Woods JR. features all of your favorite characters - Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables. Belmont Arts Collaborative.  3pm or 7:30pm.  $12-$15.  Email: info@belmontarts.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-326-0404. 
 
December 14, Saturday
LINDSEY STIRLING
John Paul Jones Arena.
Critically acclaimed and multi-award-winning electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling will be coming to Charlottesville for her Warmer in the Winter Christmas Tour 2019. Lindseywill bring back her successful holiday show featuring elaborate festive themes as well her signature brand of dance routines and on-stage visuals. John Paul Jones Arena.  7:30pm.  $Prices Vary.  Email: nrj3gv@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-4960. 
 
December 14, Saturday
PARAMOUNT PRESENTS: VIENNA BOYS CHOIR - CHRISTMAS IN VIENNA
The Paramount.
Christmas in Vienna showcases young gifted musicians with voices of unforgettable beauty in an extraordinary program featuring Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, popular songs and, of course, holiday favorites. The Paramount Theater.  7pm.  $29.75-$44.75.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
December 14 & 15, Saturday & Sunday
ALBEMARLE BALLET THEATRE'S "THE NUTCRACKER"
The Wayne Theatre.
Don't miss the third annual performance of this holiday classic. Follow along as Clara takes on the Mouse King then travels into a gorgeously unpredictable world full of entertaining characters with the Nutcracker Prince. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  2pm & 5pm Saturday, 2pm Sunday.  $20 adults, $14 child/senior.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@waynetheatre.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
December 13-15, Friday-Sunday
SHE KILLS MONSTERS
Charlottesville High School Theatre.
Charlottesville High School theater program presents, She Kills Monsters. Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center - CHS.  7pm Friday & Saturday, 2pm Sunday.  $10 Adult, $5 CHS Student.  Contact: Aaron Eichorst.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-2671. 
 
December 19-22, Thursday-Sunday
THE NUTCRACKER
Charlottesville Ballet / CAPTRUST.
Sweeten your holiday season with Charlottesville Ballets professional production of the classic holiday ballet class. The Nutcracker follows a young girl named Clara, who receives a magical wooden nutcracker as a holiday gift. Clara journeys through Lands of Snowflakes and Sweets in a holiday celebration thats not to be missed. This enchanting 90-minute performance is set to Tchaikovsky's famous score and is sure to delight the entire family. Piedmont Virginia Community College.  Time varies.  $15-75.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@CharlottesvilleBallet.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-227-7592. 
 
December 19-22, Thursday-Sunday
THE NUTCRACKER
Charlottesville Ballet.
Sweeten your holiday season with Charlottesville Ballet's professional production of the classic holiday ballet class. This enchanting 90-minute performance is set to Tchaikovsky's famous score and is sure to delight the entire family. PVCC's V. Earl Dickinson Building.  Various Times.  $15-$75.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-7592. 
 
December 7- January 1
EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD
American Shakespeare Center.
This family-friendly, fast-paced romp takes you on the Christmas journey of a lifetime, through your favorite holiday classics and then some. Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton.  Directions: 10 S. Market St .  Varies by date.  $20-52.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-5588. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
November 15-17 & 22-24
DISNEY BEAUTY AND THE BEAST THE MUSICAL
The Wayne Theatre.
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that played a remarkable 13-year run on Broadway and has been produced in 37 countries worldwide. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end, and he will be transformed into his former self, but time is running out. The Wayne Theatre.  Directions: Waynesboro.  7pm Friday & Saturday / 3pm Saturday & Sunday.  $22 adults, $15 students.  Email: info@waynetheatre.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
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November 23, Saturday
STONEFIELD TREE LIGHTING & HOLIDAY KICK-OFF
The Shops at Stonefield.
Kick off the holiday season at the Stonefield Tree Lighting & Holiday Celebration. There will be FREE pictures with Santa, Holiday CvilleCraft Market on Bond St., face painting, train rides, family photos from 5-7 with MoxBox, Christmas tree sales and more. Don't forget to bring your letters to Santa and a new, unwrapped toy for Mason's Toy Box to deliver to a hospitalized child. The Shops at Stonefield.  11am-7:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Victoria Tremaglio.  Email: manager.stonefield@oconnorcp.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 212-546-0875. 
 
November 26, Tuesday
HOLIDAYS AT THE MUSEUM: CENTERPIECE SPECTACULAR
Virginia Discovery Museum.
It's the season of giving thanks, so create your own autumnal centerpieces to take home just in time for Thanksgiving. Ages 4+. Virginia Discovery Museum.  4:15-5:15pm.  $20.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
November 28, Thursday
BLESSING OF THE HOUNDS
Grace Episcopal Church.
Enjoy a brief blessing ceremony, which includes bagpipes, a soloist, hounds and horses. Enjoy cider and donuts and the beginning of the hunt afterward. No pets allowed on church grounds. Grace Episcopal Church.  Directions: Route 231, Keswick.  10-11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: parishadministrator@gracekeswick.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-3549. 
 
November 30, Saturday
BOAR'S HEAD GRAND ILLUMINATION
Boar's Head Resort.
Bring the entire family for a walking tour of festive lights and elegantly decorated Christmas trees. The Tree Lighting ceremony starts at 5pm and pictures with Santa will be from 6-8pm. Enjoy carriage rides, hot chocolate and cookies. Boar's Head Resort.  5-8pm .  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-2181. 
 
November 29 & 30, Friday & Saturday
POINSETTIA OPEN HOUSE
Milmont Greenhouse.
This annual holiday festival offers up homemade donuts and coffee, door prizes and over 30 varieties of poinsettias to get you feeling festive. Vendors will sell food, gifts and arts and crafts. Milmont Greenhouse, Waynesboro.  $No cover.  All ages welcome.  Email: milmont@milmont.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-8408. 
 
December 1, Sunday
CROZET VFD CHRISTMAS PARADE
Crozet Volunteer Fire Department.
The parade will start at Wayland Drive and end at the firehouse, where there will be refreshments and a visit from Santa. Downtown Crozet.  3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4758. 
 
December 6, Friday
CHARLOTTESVILLE'S GRAND ILLUMINATION!
City of Charlottesville/ UVA Community Credit Union.
This popular holiday event is free for all ages to enjoy and features live music, fun games and activities, kids' crafts, food and beverages, and over 20,000 LED bulbs illuminating the holiday tree at City Hall Plaza! CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! Sprint Pavilion.  4:30-9:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: ricej@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-409-8226. 
 
December 6, Friday
TOY LIFT
Toy Lift Charities.
It only takes one to make a difference this holiday. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! Location TBD.  Time TBD.  $Free, donations encouraged.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@toylift.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 7, Saturday
CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PARTY AT WOOD RIDGE FARM BREWERY
Wood Ridge Farm Brewery.
Load up the kids and bring them on down. Santa will be on hand for taking photos, and there will be Glitter Bee face painting for all holiday sparkle needs. There will be Christmas crafts and cookies to decorate. Hot chocolate for the kiddos and beer for the parents. Wood Ridge Farm Brewery.  Directions: Lovingston.  12-3pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-422-6225. 
 
December 7, Saturday
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery.
Live holiday music, pictures with Santa, kids ornament making, food samples and more. Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery.  Directions: Madison.  12-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-547-3707. 
 
December 7, Saturday
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT MONTPELIER
James Madison's Montpelier.
Tour the Madisons' home, decorated according to 19th-century customs, and visit with the Madisons. At the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, enjoy visits with Santa, hands-on history activities, and delicious food. James Madison's Montpelier.  9am-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x450. 
 
December 6-7, Friday & Saturday
LAKE MONTICELLO FESTIVAL OF TREES
Lake Monticello.
Families will be able to take their own free pictures with Santa throughout the event. Mrs. Claus and others, including local high school students and teachers, will read Christmas stories to small groups. There will be decoration-making for children both days (pre-signup required and additional $5 fee). Children can decorate Cookies with Santa at 10am Saturday. Musical entertainment is scheduled throughout, provided by local music and choral groups, musicians and churches. Lake Monticello Ashlawn Clubhouse.  Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-969-7965. 
 
December 6 & 7, Friday & Saturday
PICTURE BOOK FILM FEST
Crozet Library.
Bring a blanket and pillow if you'd like to cozy up and watch a few of your favorite stories on the big screen. Drop-ins are welcome. Requested registration begins November 18. Crozet Library.  10:30-11am.  Recommended for ages 2 to 6.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
December 7, Saturday
SANTA PICTURE EVENT & HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVE
Meals on Wheels.
Partnering with Cardinal Point Winery, the afternoon will be filled with cookie decorating, Santa letter writing, live music and the kind of magic only Santa and kids can bring. Cardinal Point Winery.  Directions: Afton.  1-4pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-4364. 
 
December 8, Sunday
SANTA PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Santa Claus comes to town for final checks on his list, and his sleigh makes a special stop for a Santa Pancake Breakfast. Peruse menus personalized for your family and enjoy a merry meal together, then meet the jolly old elf face-to-face right at your table. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! Virginia Discovery Museum.  9am, 9:20am, 11:30am & 11:45am.  $Free for children under 1, $15/person, $50 4-seat family special.  All ages welcome.  Email: operationsdirector@vadm.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
December 8, Sunday
ST. NICK'S CHRISTMAS PARTY
Maymont Estate.
The entire family is sure to enjoy an afternoon of merriment and surprises as St. Nick joins Maymonts charming Christmas Fairy to host a party filled with magical wishes and animal friends, games, crafts and special treats. Maymont Estate.  Directions: Richmond.  12-1pm.  $15 Adults, $5 Children 12 and older.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@maymont.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
December 8, Sunday
VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS
Maymont.
Delight in the charms of Christmas past and experience a tradition enjoyed by generations of families. Marvel at the mansion's grand Christmas tree and the beautifully decorated formal rooms, and see the gifts and games of 1893 and the holiday preparations underway by the butler, cooks and other domestic staff. Horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with St. Nick, a marketplace of treasures, good food and drink, craft making, festive music and a roaring fire will fill everyone with a merry holiday spirit. Maymont .  Directions: Richmond.  11am-4:30pm.  $Varies .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
December 9, Sunday
SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS AT PHARSALIA
Pharsalia.
Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a day of stories, crafts and Christmas cheer. Professional photos with Santa and snacks are included. Pharsalia, Tyro.  Directions: 2333 Pharsalia Rd.  1-5pm.  $40 first child per family, $10 each additional.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@pharsaliaevents.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5231. 
 
Second Wednesdays
PAWS TO READ
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Improve your reading skills and make a new pal by reading aloud to a furry companion from Green Dogs Unleashed.Call the library to register for a 15-minute time slot. JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
December 14, Saturday
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Crozet YMCA.
Have breakfast and take photos with Santa. Reservations are encouraged. Crozet YMCA.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-205-4380. 
 
December 7 & 14
HOLIDAY ON THE HILL
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Celebrate the holiday season on the Mountain with some kid- and family-friendly crafts and decorating activities, with samples galore, great sales and Christmas music to get your spirits in high gear. Enjoy the Gingerbread House Workshop and decorate the pre-assembled gingerbread house! Workshop times are 12pm, 1pm and 3pm. Registration recommended. Carter Mountain Orchard.  10am-5mpm.  $Free admission and parking, some fee-based activities.  Email: Info@CarterMountainOrchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
December 14, Saturday
KIDS CRAFT DAY
Horton Vineyards.
Bring the kids out for tons of fun holiday crafts. Adults can enjoy a glass of wine while their kids decorate ornaments and more in the tasting room. Horton Vineyards, Gordonsville.  12-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-7440. 
 
December 14, Saturday
SANTA'S TOY WORKSHOP
Boar's Head Resort.
Join in for a magical afternoon in Santa's Workshop, and spend time building toys with Santa and enjoying some North Pole treats and hot cocoa. The Ballroom at Boar's Head Resort.  3-4pm.  $20/Child.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 1-855-220-6620. 
 
December 6-20, Saturdays
CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND
Creative Works Farm.
Join us for music performances, a walk through light display, music light show, cookies and hot chocolate, decorating gingerbread cookies, making Christmas ornaments and more. You can also see animals at the barn, enjoy a hayride and visit with Santa. All proceeds benefit Camp LIGHT, a summer camp for kids with special needs and at-risk youth. Creative Works Farm.  5-9pm.  $10, Kids 2 and under are free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 9, 11 & 20, Monday, Wednesday, Friday
PARAMOUNT PRESENTS: HOLIDAY EVENING CANDLELIGHT TOURS OF THE HISTORIC THEATER
The Paramount Theater.
The Theater stands ready, in all its holiday finery, for the inaugural season of evening candlelight tours. Join in for an evening complete with multiple trees of grandeur, surrounded by the soft glow of festive lights and holiday decorations throughout the Theater. This family-friendly group tour includes individual candles to light the way and enhance the festive holiday feeling. The Paramount Theater.  Various times.  $25 Adult, $10 Youth.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1922. 
 
November 30-December 21, Saturdays
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA & CARRIAGE RIDE
Boar's Head Resort.
Let your holiday spirit soar as you glide on a horse-drawn carriage through the resort to admire holiday décor. There will be picture opportunities with the jolly one and a magnificent breakfast display. The Pavilion at Boar's Head Resort.  9-11:30am.  $40 Adults, $20 Children, Free 5 and under.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 1-855-220-6620. 
 
December 1-22, Sundays
BREAKFAST/BRUNCH WITH RUDOLPH, OLAF & FRIENDS
Boar's Head Resort.
Enjoy Sunday breakfast and brunch and bring the entire family. There will be periodic visits from Rudolph, Olaf, and even a few of their friends as you enjoy a filling morning meal from our top-notch culinary team. Boar's Head Resort.  Directions: The Mill Room.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-972-2230. 
 
December 7-28, Saturdays
HOLIDAY TEA
Boar's Head Resort.
It's tea time. Join in for a holiday tea gathering that includes a selection of loose leaf teas, finger sandwiches, small pastries and scones. Boar's Head Resort.  Directions: Porch Room at The Mill Room.  3-4pm.  $30 Adults, $15 Children.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-972-2230. 
 
December 20-January 1
BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS
Wintergreen Resort.
Celebrate the most magical time of year with holiday craft workshops, Santa on the slopes, story time with Mrs. Claus and New Year's Eve celebrations. Don't forget fabulous skiing, riding and tubing. Wintergreen Resort.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-3180. 
 
November 16-January 5, 2020, select dates
CHRISTMAS TOWN
Busch Gardens.
Travel to Christmas Town, with its blanket of over 10 million glittering lights, breathtaking shows and traditional Christmas culinary delights. Experience Christmas traditions from around the world. Visit Santa Claus at his North Pole workshop and sip some hot chocolate. Check website for times. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 757-229-4386. 
 
November 22, 2019-January 6, 2020
DOMINION GARDENFEST OF LIGHTS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Come out to this holiday tradition featuring more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday activities and more. Closed Thanksgiving & December 24 & 25. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-10pm.  $13 for adults, $11 seniors, $8 ages 3-12.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
November 1-February 2020
STARRY NIGHTS UNDER THE DOME
UVA.
Each evening, the Rotunda's interior dome transforms into a stylized version of the night sky as seen in Jefferson's time, thanks to the inspiration of three Ph.D. students who are bringing Jefferson's early dream to life. Today, the array of constellations visible in the Dome Room is created by projectors secreted along the upper gallery. Part of a bigger exhibition, it will remain in place through mid-February, augmented by lectures and other events for the University and Charlottesville communities. The planetarium itself is a permanent installation. Rotunda, UVA.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Second Fridays
$1 FAMILY NIGHT
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Come out for the $1 per person event every second Friday of the month at the Downtown location of the Children's Museum of Richmond. Starts June 8, 2018. CMoR Downtown.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7062. 
 
First Thursdays
BLUE RIDGE IRISH MUSIC SCHOOL OPEN SESSIONS
Blue Ridge Irish Music School.
Slower, beginning musicians can play together at 6pm followed by intermediate-advanced, faster musicians at 7pm. Listeners and players are welcome. C'ville Coffee.  6-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: cvillesession@brimstunes.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-409-9631. 
 
First Saturdays
COMMUNITY BREAKFASTS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Volunteers from the community serve up breakfast at a great price. A wonderful way to meet your neighbors. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Directions: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton.  8:30-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
November 28-December 7, Fridays
COOKIES WITH SANTA
Junior League of Charlottesville.
Kids will be treated to yummy sugar cookies and a holiday coloring book. Partcipants will also have their pictures taken with Santa, and Santa will end the event with a story. Shops at Stonefield.  Various times.  $20.75/child.  All ages welcome.  Email: pr@jlcville.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
Saturdays & Sundays
PINBALL
Decades Arcade.
Come out and play unlimited pinball on machines dating all the way back to 1947. Decades Arcade.  2-10pm Saturdays, 2-7pm Sundays.  $$12 Adults, $8 Kids.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3053. 
 
Third Fridays
SQUARE AND CONTRA DANCING AT THE FRONT PORCH
The Front Porch / C-ville Hoedown.
Come for square and contra dancing with caller and local favorite Brian Hamshar, who will have beginners dancing in no time. No need to bring a partner. Wheelhouse plays lively celtic-inspired music served up by accordion, piano, flutes and pipes. Everyone is welcome. The Front Porch.  7:30pm beginner's workshop, 8-10pm dance.  $10 adults, $5 students, 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 806-7062. 
 
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November 23, Saturday
UVA FOOTBALL VS. LIBERTY & MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at home. Scott Stadium.  TBA.  Email: uvatickets@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
November 27, Wednesday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. MAINE
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer our 'Hoos at home vs. Maine. John Paul Jones Arena.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
November 28, Thursday
11TH ANNUAL EARLYSVILLE TURKEY TROT 5K & KIDS HALF-MILE RUN
Earlysville Turkey Trot.
Start off your holiday with a 5k run beginning and ending at the Rivanna Community Church. Kids can participate in a free half-mile race, and walkers are also welcome to take part in the festivities. Strollers welcome at the back of the pack. No dogs please. Benefits the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. 601 Earlysville Green, Earlysville.  Directions: 3-way intersection of Earlysville Road, Reas Ford Road and Earlysville Forest Drive.  8:30am kid's race (12 and under), 9am 5k (6 and up).  $10-$40.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 28, Thursday
38TH ANNUAL BOAR'S HEAD TURKEY TROT
Boar's Head Resort.
Before your big feast, unite with friends and family to run or walk the annual 5K course to raise money for the UVA Children's Hospital. No pets, please. Early registration is recommended. Boar's Head Resort.  9am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-972-2237. 
 
September 6-November 29
FOOTBALL WEEKENDS AT ALUMNI HALL
The UVA Alumni Association.
Gather at Alumni Hall three hours before kick-off for every home game. These tailgates feature live bands, tap takeovers by local breweries, kids activities, food, drinks and more. Several big-screen TVs let you catch all the college football gamed action too. One-way shuttle service is provided from Alumni Hall to Observatory Hill Dining Hall across from the stadium. The UVA Alumni Association.  Directions: 211 Emmet Street South.  $Free to attend; Food available for purchase.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-9042. 
 
November 29, Friday
UVA FOOTBALL VS. VIRGINIA TECH
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at home. Scott Stadium.  TBA.  Email: uvatickets@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
November 30, Saturday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home vs. James Madison University. John Paul Jones Arena.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
November 5, 16 & 30 and December 1
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HOME GAMES
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on the 'Hoos at home as they take on Bucknell (Nov. 5), Kentucky (Nov. 16), Old Dominion (Nov. 24), James Madison (Nov. 30) and UCLA (Dec. 1). John Paul Jones Arena.  Times vary.  $4-$15.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
December 1, Sunday
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. UCLA
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on our 'Hoos at home vs. UCLA. John Paul Jones Arena.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
December 7, Saturday
MONTICELLO HOLIDAY CLASSIC 5K AND DECK THE HALLS KIDS DASH!
Monticello.
This family-oriented 5k begins at the East Walk of Monticello and ends at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center and Smith Education Center. Kids 12 and under can enjoy the Deck the Halls Kids Dash, a quarter-mile loop around the West Lawn. Meets at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, Monticello.  8-10am; 8:10am kids dash, 8:20am 5K.  $45 5K, $55 Race & Trail Support.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
December 18, Wednesday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. STONY BROOK
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer our 'Hoos at home vs. Stony Brook. John Paul Jones Arena.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
December 22, Wednesday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. SOUTH CAROLINA
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer our 'Hoos at home vs. South Carolina. John Paul Jones Arena.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
November 10, 16, 19 & 27 and December 7, 18, 22, 29
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL HOME GAMES
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at home against JMU (Nov. 10), Columbia (Nov. 16), Vermont (Nov. 19), Maine (Nov. 27), Perdue (Dec. 4), North Carolina (Dec. 7), Stony Brook (Dec. 18), South Carolina (Dec. 22) and Navy (Dec. 29) John Paul Jones Arena.  Times vary.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
UVA CAVALIERS
University of Virginia.
Go Hoos!!! Youth Day games provide extra treats for the kids! Season schedule and games scores available through web link. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5631. 
 
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November 30, Saturday
MEET THE AUTHOR! STORYTIME WITH JOHN STITH
New Dominion Bookshop.
A special Storytime with John Stith, author of the picture book The Climbing Tree. This fun, family-friendly event will be open to the public. The Climbing Tree is an eloquent, poetic fable with a timeless message about growing up, sibling rivalry, and the love between brothers. New Dominion Bookshop.  11am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sarah Crossland.  Email: marketing@ndbookshop.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-2552. 
 
December 2, Monday
WINTER WONDERLAND ART
Central Library.
Listen to a frosty winter tale and then get cozy creating a soft and fuzzy winter scene using felt shapes, scraps, and shimmery sequins. Central Library.  4-4:45pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
Third Saturdays
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: BILINGUAL STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Bilingual Storytime for Children is held the third Saturday of each month. Readings will be done by Ali Sullivan of Spanish Moves! Cuentos bilingües para Niños este evento se celebra el cuarto sábado de cada. Las lecturas serán realizadas por Ali Sullivan de movimientos españoles! Ven y participa en la hora de los cuentos bilingues el tercer sábado de cada mes. Habrá cuentos, canciones y actividades. Charlottesville Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
Final Saturdays
SATURDAY STORIES
JMRL - Central.
Stop by for a special storytime treat in the Children’s Room the last Saturday of the month. All families are welcome, including stuffed animals. Donuts with Dad will be a specialty storytime offered February 24. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151 . 
 
Saturdays
STORYTIME AT NEW DOMINION BOOKSHOP
New Dominion Bookshop.
Young children welcome to come to the mezzanine of the bookshop. A staff member will read classic, as well as new books to the group. New Dominion Bookshop.  Directions: 404 East Main St..  11am.  $free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-2552. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular Storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to the AF Kid's Events and Activities Calendar for Storytime Events to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more.
 
December 1-22, Sundays
STORYTIME WITH MRS. CLAUS
Boar's Head Resort.
Straight from the North Pole, Mrs. Claus arrives to spend an afternoon reading some of your favorite Christmas stories. The North Pole Bakery has also sent along some treats to share. You may come in your jammies, and don't forget your camera. Ednam Hall at Boar's Head Resort.  2-3pm.  $15/Child.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-2181. 
 
Wednesdays September-December
TODDLER TIME
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays and flannel board stories. Scottsville Library.  10am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
Wednesdays in January
WEEKLY STORYTIME
Barnes & Noble.
Enjoy this new weekly event, featuring fun stories and activities for everyone to enjoy. Barracks Shopping Center Barnes & Noble.  10am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-6598 . 
 
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August 8-November 29
CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA
American Shakespeare Center.
A wily old general mentors a fiery young queen in the finer points of state-craft. Contains some adult content. American Shakespeare Center welcomes children age 7+. The Blackfriars Playhouse.  Directions: 10 S. Market Street, Staunton.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
June 26-November 30
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
American Shakespeare Center.
Two great leaders entangle themselves and their nations in one great big romantic mess. Contains some adult content. American Shakespeare Center welcomes children age 7+. The Blackfriars Playhouse.  Directions: 10 S. Market Street, Staunton.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
June 25-November 30
JULIUS CAESER
American Shakespeare Center.
A cautionary tale about the unintended consequences of political assassination. Contains some adult content. American Shakespeare Center welcomes children age 7+. The Blackfriars Playhouse.  Directions: 10 South Market Street, Staunton.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733 . 
 
November 15-December 14
TIGERS BE STILL
Live Arts.
"Tigers Be Still" is the story of how Sherry Wickman stopped being a total disaster and got her life on track and did NOT let feelings of overwhelming anxiousness and loneliness and uselessness, like, totally eat her brain. Founders Theater.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-4177. 
 
December 7-8 & 13-15
BLACK BOX PLAYERS PRESENT ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Black Box Players.
Alice and her doll are enjoying a tea party when a White Rabbit suddenly appears in her room! When the rabbit drops a note as he passes by, Alice rushes to give it back to him, but before she can he disappears into her mirror! Determined to return the note, Alice chases the rabbit through her magical mirror, and comes out the other side into the world of Wonderland! And to make matters even stranger - it's Christmas! TBA.  All ages welcome.  Email: ticketsbbp@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
November 22-December 15
IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS
Four County Players.
Enjoy this holiday-themed production, based upon the Paramount Pictures Film. Four County Players Mainstage, Barboursville.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-5355. 
 
December 15, Sunday
MOSCOW BALLET PRESENTS: THE GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
The Paramount Theater.
Experience the exquisite artistry of world-class Russian dancers, the exuberant jig of playful puppets and the unmatched splendor of hand crafted sets and costumes. The Paramount Theater.  3pm & 7pm.  $31.50-$177.50.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@theparamount.net. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
December 9, 11 & 20, Monday, Wednesday, Friday
PARAMOUNT PRESENTS: HOLIDAY EVENING CANDLELIGHT TOURS OF THE HISTORIC THEATER
The Paramount Theater.
The Theater stands ready, in all its holiday finery, for the inaugural season of evening candlelight tours. Join in for an evening complete with multiple trees of grandeur, surrounded by the soft glow of festive lights and holiday decorations throughout the Theater. This family-friendly group tour includes individual candles to light the way and enhance the festive holiday feeling. The Paramount Theater.  Various times.  $25 Adult, $10 Youth.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1922. 
 
December 4-29
A CHRISTMAS CAROL AT THE BLACKFRIARS PLAYHOUSE
American Shakespeare Center.
Don't miss this beloved holiday classic brought to life onstage. Experience the traditional tale with new twists, turns and surprises, and enjoy a festive production filled with music and cheer fitting for the whole family. The Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton.  Directions: 10 S. Market St.  Varies by date.  $20-$59.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-5588. 
 
Monday-Friday and Satuday
PLAYHOUSE TOUR
American Shakespeare Center.
See the Blackfriars playhouse from the Inside Out. Tour participants will, learn about the historical predecessor, discover the inner workings of our 21st-century professional company, and explore the re-creation of Shakespeares indoor theatre. Weekday tours may be cancelled due to Student Matinees. Blackfriars Playhouse.  Monday-Friday at 2pm and Satuday at 11am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
THEATRE PERFORMANCE GROUPS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is filled with talent! Your young dancer or actor is sure to find a class or group to enjoy. Look to our AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to find many terrific organizations offering dance classes and theatre classes. Also, watch the Family Events and Festivals Calendar for specific performances and review the AK Guide to Family Fun Year-Round to see which groups do shows for families.
 

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